Oceanography News

First IOOS Manual: Image credit NOAA

NOAA Publish IOOS Oceanography Data Manual

The NOAA-led US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) reaches a milestone with publication of its first manual. A Guide to Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Dissolved Oxygen Observations in Coastal Oceans is the first in a series of IOOS manuals designed to improve standardized collection of ocean data which should enhance accuracy of tools, models, and forecasts that affect decisions concerning public safety, our economy, and the marine environment. The manual focuses on best practices for quality assurance and control tests of dissolved oxygen measurements taken by commonly used

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

LT Laura Dwyer looks like any other young Navy oceanography officer working with the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NAVOCEANMIWCEN) operating unmanned vehicles and analyzing sonar bottom data to help find mines. She wears the uniform and is a division officer and deploys and just had her three-year tour extended six months."I lead 10 Sailors in the operation of unmanned underwater vehicles and post-mission analysis in expeditionary mine countermeasure companies (ExMCM Co) and mine counter measures (MCM) operations worldwide," she said.Except, she's not a Navy officer.In May 2018

Photo: OSIL

Giant Piston Corer for Chinese Oceanography Institute

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it has produced a 30m Giant Piston Corer for the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), State Oceanic Administration (SOA), China.   The OSIL Giant Piston Corer and handling package was supplied to the FIO by JESSN Marine Equipment Co., Ltd (Ningbo, China).   The Giant Piston Corer from OSIL (Ocean Scientific International Ltd.) is a rugged and reliable system, which can achieve up to 60m core samples in soft cohesive sediments and muds, the manufacturer said. The system is a modular construction with a unique integral piston, which reduces

Geraint West, formerly with the NOC, has joined subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Global Business Manager for Oceanography

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has appointed of Geraint West as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. Geraint joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him extensive experience gained over 32 years with the Royal Navy, Fugro and most recently, the National Oceanography Center (NOC).    West’s early career as a hydrographic surveyor included a posting to the U.S. Naval Oceanography Office, and culminated as Charge Surveyor in the ice patrol ship, HMS Endurance.  He then moved to Fugro as Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps

UK NOC Joins World Ocean Council

The National Oceanography Center (NOC) has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) - the international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. The NOC joins the other WOC members from a wide range of ocean industries including shipping, cruise tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, seabed mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, investment and other sectors. NOC Executive Director, Professor Ed Hill, commented, “The NOC is delighted to become a member of the World Ocean Council. We share the same aim of ensuring

Photo: NSU

NSU Names Oceanography Building for Guy Harvey

Since Guy Harvey, Ph.D. has supported, and continues to support NSU in scholarship, research and the conservation of marine life, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has named its newest research facility the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.    Opened in 2012, the five-story, 87,000 square foot research facility is located within John U. Lloyd State Park in Hollywood (8000 North Ocean Drive.) Ceremony attendees for the Friday, April 10, unveiling of the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center included Dr. Guy Harvey, NSU President and CEO George L.  Hanbury, Ph.D., NSU Trustees, students

Margaret Leinen (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Interview: Margaret Leinen - Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography – one of the premiere institutions of ocean research and higher learning on the planet – is the hinge of the Southern California blue economy. MTR recently spent some time with Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor, Marine Sciences, UC San Diego, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, for her insights on the path forward.   I’m sure we can find Scripps’ ‘vital stats’ online, but can you give a brief overview of the Institution that you run? Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is a thriving center for

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy and commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. "Our oceanographic survey ships are key contributors of this information that ensures the U.S. Navy maintains advantage against our competitors."   The importance of the information about the ocean environment collected by oceanographic survey ships like USNS Maury was

Fifteen students began classes May 1, 2017, at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Unmanned Maritime Systems: Class in Session

will study nautical science, 3-D positioning, ocean policy, autonomous systems and more.   “This program gives us a chance to continually and rapidly train and certify our personnel to be the best in the world even before the race begins,” said Command, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) Deputy Commander and Technical Director Dr. Bill Burnett. “Rear Adm. Gallaudet constantly refers to the Chief of Naval Operations urgency about our adversaries 'It's 28-30 in the fourth quarter, and they have the ball,' and we are preparing our defense to quickly innovate

Rear Adm. Brian Brown, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, (right) presents  Capt. Van Gurley with a certificate of retirement commemorating 26 years of naval service during a ceremony held July 12 at Stennis Space Center, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jenni Ervin)

Captain Van Gurley Retires from Naval Oceanography Command

Capt. John "Van" Gurley retired from the U.S. Navy on July 12 in a traditional Navy ceremony at Stennis Space Center after 26 years of active duty service. A native of Orlando, Fla., and Mississippi Coast resident for nearly the past decade, Gurley most recently commanded the Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC) at Stennis Space Center until a change of command immediately prior to his retirement ceremony. During the change of command, Rear Adm. Brian Brown, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, hailed Gurley's command of the NOOC, saying his "strategic

The new center will investigate key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Marine Archaeology Center Launched

UC San Diego launches Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology; center co-led by Scripps and Department of Anthropology will investigate relationship between human societies and marine environments   Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Anthropology have recently joined efforts within the University of California San Diego to launch the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA).   Researchers with the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology will conduct fieldwork at key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world, studying the influence of marine

CTD Device: Photo credit the project

Oceanography for All: The Open CTD Project

major research vessel. Two scientists believe the prohibitive cost of a CTD (can be as much as $25,000) is an unacceptable barrier to open science, and they are working to produce a version for less than $200. The two scientists, Andrew Thaler and Kersey Sturdivant, are working on a project called 'Oceanography for Everyone – The Open CTD' – which is built on a platform using readily available parts and is powered by an Arduino-based microcontroller. Their goal is to create a device that is accurate enough to be used for scientific research and can be constructed for less than $200. Source

Team Researchers: Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

East China Sea Physical Oceanography Under the Microscope

and cooling that occurred over the continental shelf after the Typhoon, and the effect of Typhoon Morakot on the biogeochemistry and nutrient dynamics of the continental shelf. Although the East China Sea is home to some of the world’s most active fisheries and shipping lanes, the basic oceanography of the area is not yet well understood, says WHOI coastal oceanographer Glen Gawarkiewicz, one of the primary investigators for the program. “It’s a very difficult place to study—the currents in the region are extremely powerful, and are constantly shifting and changing, which

Ed Hill (Photo: NOC)

Voices: NOC Executive Director Ed Hill

At the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in Southampton, U.K. for Ocean Business 2017, Marine Technology Reporter was able to sit down with Professor Ed Hill, NOC Executive Director, to discuss the science and technologies moving ocean studies forward.   Please give an overview of your activities here at the National Oceanography Center. The National Oceanography Center is part of the Natural Environment Research Council which is the main body that funds environmental science, including oceanography, in the U.K. We are a national facility. We undertake research in large-scale oceanography

Navy Oceanography Signs Ersi Agreement

Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM), signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Sept. 3 with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (Esri), the geographic information systems company. "This CRADA will be a key enabler for our mission and top priority -- providing unmatched battlespace awareness and environmental information to the warfighters that yield better decisions made faster than the adversary," Gallaudet said. The Esri software and system allows detailed geospatial data to be analyzed

Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Howard Bigby, assigned to the strike group oceanography team from Fleet Weather Center San Diego Photo USN

USN's Oceanography Warrant Officers to Make a Return

The Navy is bringing warrant officers back to Naval Oceanography in 2018 after a 28-year hiatus. In late March, the Navy Personnel Command released the message, NAVADMIN 079/16, reestablishing the program and at the same time disestablishing the Oceanography Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program. "In order to meet the increasing demand for officers with specific technical meteorology and oceanography knowledge, skills and abilities, the Secretary of the Navy has approved the establishment of the Oceanography Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Designator," the message said. The first warrant

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Stefan Hendricks

Halls of Higher Learning

The subsea industry and the institutes, institutions, universities and colleges are inextricably linked. Picking just five to feature in our MTR100 was no easy feat, but our U.K.-based contributor Kira Coley, as always, gave it her best shot.   Scripps Institution of Oceanography - UC San Diego Topic: Education & Outreach No. of employees: 2,238 Address: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 Tel: 858-534-3624 Email: [email protected] www.scripps.ucsd.edu   Since 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has evolved into one of the world’s most influential

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